It is an important summer for England. The West Indies are the start of an intense couple of months for England. With Australia, the next opponents next month West Indies will prove tough opposition for England. West Indies will have a few points to prove since the last time they were in England.
Tammy Beaumont in an interview recently reinstated her desire to score runs for England. In the Royal London One-Day Championship recently Beaumont captained her side Kent to the title while scoring her fair share of runs. If she can carry on that form England will be on top.
With Sarah Taylor back from injury the dynamic of the side will be interesting considering Amy Jones for England over the last year. If one or both click count on England winning at a canter.
Hayley Matthews at the top of the order will be important to the West Indies chances in this series. The opening bat is one of the best players in the world on her day. She will be keen to show that she can perform on the big stage more consistently.
With Deandra Dottin unavailable because of injury, the pressure on Stafanie Taylor to perform will be more profound. Taylor is the sort of player that will take that pressure in her stride.
With ICC Women’s Championship points at stake, both teams will be looking to pick up vital points. West Indies are currently in seventh place with three games in hand over most sides.
England are in second place and with a series win could put a bit of distance between them and the chasing pack.
The points on offer are not England’s only concern and they will be looking to build some momentum between now and the start of the Ashes.
England’s last series was away to Sri Lanka in March and they won all their games in that series. West Indies recently toured Ireland and they won all three 20 over games convincingly. Matthews scored a hundred in the final game of that series.
These two sides have not met since the ICC World Cup in ODI cricket England won that game at Bristol on their way to winning the World Cup. Much more will be expected of West Indies this time around.